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Mumbai: Marriage bureau owner arrested for raping staffer

The Kasturba Marg police have arrested a marriage bureau owner for allegedly raping a woman employee on several occasions in the last seven years.

mumbai Updated: Jul 14, 2015 15:33 IST
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The Kasturba Marg police have arrested a marriage bureau owner for allegedly raping a woman employee on several occasions in the last seven years. The accused first raped her in 2007 by offering her a sedative-laced sweet, while pretending to perform a puja to help her find a groom.

The accused, identified as Mahesh Jani, also claims to be an astrologer. In 2006, the woman, now 35, started working for Jani’s marriage bureau as a telephone operator. After around a year, Jani learnt that the woman was not married.

When he inquired with her, she said she had been having difficulty finding a suitable match. Jani then told the woman that they would perform some rituals after which she would find a suitable husband. According to the woman’s statement to the police, the incident took place in 2007.

“Jani summoned the woman to his office, where he said he would perform the rituals. In the process, he offered her a sweet. When the woman ate it, she started feeling dizzy and fell unconscious. The accused then raped her,” said an officer from Kasturba Marg police station.

The woman realised that Jani had raped her. When she confronted him, he threatened her.

“The man claimed he had taken videos and pictures of her which he would circulate if she did not give in to his demands. He would then occasionally rape her. The accused allegedly forced her into a physical relationship with him several times.

The woman got married in 2013 but Jani kept harassing her. When the woman tried to cut him off, the accused threatened to tell her husband about the incident, an officer said. In her complaint, the woman told the police that Jani had also targeted her younger sister.

The woman approached the police on Sunday following which a rape case was registered against Jani. The police have seized several objectionable pictures of women from Jani’s Carter Road office at Borivli (East). The police have also seized chloroform from him.